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The 3 Building Blocks of Good Parenting

Be structured but make time for free play- we all know that children thrive on structure and routine. Life is just smoother when everyone is on auto mode, right!? So, there is a time to do homework, have meals, have a bath…am sure you get the drift! While I do agree, that routine and consistency is important, the problem arises when most of our parenting revolves around these structured ‘supervisory’ activities. When was the last time you just ran around, tickled or danced with your child, flew a kite, kicked a ball, played pretend pretend…? Free play is what brings out the laughter, builds lifelong memories and brings back the joy to parenting. So, make room in that busy schedule for laughter and play!

As always, I end with ‘Happy Parenting!’


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Aparna Samuel Balasundaram is a USA- Licensed Psychotherapist and Parent and Child Expert with 10 years of experience in the USA. She is the Founder of Life Skills Experts and the Life Skills 360¡ System that enables parents and teachers to raise happy, confident and successful children. Visit www.LifeSkillsExperts.com for more information. She is also the Founder of ‘A Flourishing Me’ that offers contemporary Counselling and Life Coaching [www.AFlourishing.me]. Aparna can be contacted at aparna@lifeskillsexperts.com.

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